Frank Herbert GOSLING
Rank: Corporal
Number: 8568
Unit: 1st Platoon, A Company, 17th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 July 1918
Age: 37 (based on 19101 Census)
Cemetery: Neuf-Brisach Communal Cemetery extension, Haut-Rhin, France

The 1901 Census shows 20 year old Frank living at the family home at 11 Lyme Street, Cale Green, Stockport. His father, Joseph, was a warehouseman. Mrs Gosling had died by that time and her name is not known. Frank worked as a solicitor's clerk for the practice of Grundy, Lamb and Grundy of John Dalton Street, Manchester until he volunteered for the army, probably in early September 1914.

He will have seen action in the Battalion's various major actions at the Battles of the Somme, Arras and Third Ypres in 1916 and 1917. At some point he was wounded and taken prisoner. This was, almost certainly, during the German attacks in the spring of 1918.

In his spare time, Frank had been an active member of the Stockport Sunday School and, in the autumn of 1918, its magazine reported that the family had received a letter from the Queen Victoria Jubilee Fund Association Enquiry Branch. This organisation maintained contact with Red Cross in Switzerland which, in turn, had contact with the German authorities. "Geneva, 7 October 1918......We deeply regret to inform you that your brother, Corporal Frank Gosling, Manchester Regiment, died from his wounds in the field hospital at Neubreach on 1 July 1918. He was also suffering from inflammation of the lung. We have not yet received the exact place of burial but shall advise you as soon as the same comes to hand. We beg to tender you our sincere sympathy in your bereavement."

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